Children Hearing Services

There are many possible types of hearing loss in children including:

  • those already present at birth (caused for example by prematurity)
  • those caused by the contraction of illness (bacterial meningitis for example)
  • those caused by ear infections (acute otitis media for example)

Glue-ear is by far the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Many cases of glue-ear don't require treatment as the condition will go away by itself; usually within three months. See the following for more information... Glue-Ear (NHS Choices)





Child Patient Journey...

1. Children can be referred to Children Hearing Services for a hearing assessment by many types of health professional:

  • GPs
  • Paediatricians
  • School Nurses
  • Health Visitors
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
  • School Hearing Screening Programme 

2. An appointment is sent and you will attend one of the Audiology Service locations below for a hearing assessment that will take less than an hour:

  • Bognor Regis
  • Gosport
  • Cosham
  • Fareham Community Hospital
  • Newport, Isle of Wight
  • Chichester

3. There are several possible outcomes of the hearing assessment, including:

  • A watch and wait approach is taken if there is a reasonable chance of self resolution, with a further hearing test appointment booked for a few months later.
  • The child is referred to the Ear, Nose and Throat department for treatment.
  • The child is offered hearing aids. 

See the following for more information on what will happen at the hearing assessment... Hearing and vision tests for children (NHS Choices)

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Last updated - 24 March 2015

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